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Preparing Pumpkin Puree for pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

The preparation of pumpkin puree for pets is a simple process, and in doing it yourself, you eliminate the problems associated with commercial preparation. Not only can you avoid unnecessary additives and preservatives, you will save money and be assured you are providing the best product for your dogs.

Why would you want to make a pumpkin puree for your pets? Simple. Because pumpkin is one of nature’s super foods. Its high moisture content makes it especially valuable to animals who seem determined not to drink enough water. Adding moisture-rich foods help diminish the effects of dehydration and reduce heat in the body. It's also rich in fiber, which can help quiet upset stomachs and eliminate both diarrhea AND constipation in pets. (You don't need to feed a lot of it to get these benefits - a teaspoon or so for a 50-lb dog will do just fine). Pumpkin is also low in fat, rich in antioxidants, and is a great source of Vitamin A, which helps support urinary health.

Once you have your puree all prepared, you can either hand off a spoonful to your pet, mix it into their food, or bake some healthy treats for your dog. Our favorites are Pumpkin Pretzels for Hungry Pups and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Wafer Treats (just click on the links for the recipes)!

So, now that you know the reasons for doing it, here's how to do it:

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 20:57
Grieve the Loss of a Family Pet With These 5 Steps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00

Who hasn't wept at the end of "Marley & Me" or "My Dog Skip?" The death of a pet is devastating, whether it's on the big screen or reality. Pets are beloved companions that are part of the family, and their loss is greatly felt. Use the following guide as a way to honor their life and handle grief after losing your four-legged companion.

Emotional Prep

Emotionally preparing for your pet’s end-of-life will help ease the burden when it actually happens. The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance provides a tribute guide for planning ahead for the loss of your pet. If you know the end of life is near for your pet, reflect on your pet's life with your family. Print out the guide and mark down special memories for a tribute page that includes your pet's:

  • Favorite food
  • Favorite activity
  • Favorite place to sleep
  • Something they disliked
  • A few special memories
Safe Cleaners for Pets and People PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 00:00

Cleaning products can take a serious toll on both you and your pets’ health. While we always want to do what is best for our pets, we often get drawn into advertising claims. It happened to us when we recently learned that one of our favorite cleaners, Simple green all-purpose cleaner, isn't as green as we thought.

Despite being green colored, being labeled “green” and being toted as an “environmental” product, it could be toxic. What it does contain is 2-butoxyehtanol, an organic solvent that is a butyl ether. What that means is that it has the potential to damage red blood cells.

Now, you’re not going to immediately go into liver failure if you use this product, and neither is your pet. But if you do use it, you should dilute it prior to use. It even says so on the label, but no one ever reads the label…

If you want to play it safe, we have found some alternative products that are natural and safe – on top of that, they actually work...

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 21:18
How to Create A Pet Sitting Kit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 15:48

When I was much, much younger I did a lot of babysitting for neighbors. It was good money, I didn't have to worry about taxes, and I was pretty good at it. But, there is a lot of competition in babysitting – just as there is now a lot of competition in pet sitting. To get the jobs, I had to prove I was the best, the most reliable, the most trustworthy and the most likable.

To remain competitive, I created a “babysitting kit” to take along on the job. This was essentially a kit of everything I needed to keep kids happy and content. It consisted of things like glue, dull scissors, construction paper, games, and other things along those lines. I think it was one of the reasons I was called back so many times.

As I grew older and my patience grew more thin, my babysitting days morphed into pet sitting days. Like my young days of watching kids, I still carried a pet sitting kit, and I want to talk about what that means.

When I was pet-sitting for a living, I had many diff tent types of animals that I cared for. From diabetic cats, who needed daily injections of insulin to hyperactive dogs who needed lots of exercise, there were different tools for different jobs.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 14:58
Keeping Pets Safe On Boats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

Whether it’s a boat, lake, ocean or pool, you can’t automatically assume your dogs and cats will take to life on the sea. Pets like firm, stable surfaces – and water does not a firm surface make... So before you plan your next water outing, be sure that you and your pet know what to expect. Here are a few tips to prepare your pet for day on the boat:

Make sure your pet is familiar with the concept of boating.

Don’t assume your pet will automatically take to boating. Most dogs and cats like firm, stable surfaces, and a boat can be anything but stable. Before you plan an outing with your pet, get the animal on board and turn on the engine to see if the sound disturbs it. Some pets couldn’t care less, but others make themselves sick with worry at the loud noises. Take short trips at first to let your pet get acclimated to the pitch and roll of boating. Remember, if you can get seasick, so can your pets.

Water Safety

Be sure your pet is wearing a Personal Lifesaver Device (PFD) if they have never been on the water (and in most cases, even if they are familiar with water). You can’t be too safe! This is particularly important when dealing with ocean sports such as surfing or paddle boarding. Your dog can easily get away from you and may not make it back to that beach as they often have problems negotiating distance in the ocean. Make sure you have an appropriately size life jacket for your dog or cat, especially if they plan on entering the water. Contrary to popular belief, not all animals naturally know how to swim, and some breeds can't do it at all. Our favorite PFDs include the Kurgo Surf n' Turf Dog Lifejacket and Coat and the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 21:29
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